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WE’RE BACK – Letter to 21WIRE Readers

Sunday, April 15, 2018 3:33
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Propaganda poster for the UK-funded White Helmets, the Free Syrian Police and Aleppo Councils (Photo: Patrick Henningsen, May 2017, East Aleppo, Syria)

Dear Readers,

Glad to have you back. Firstly, we would like to apologies for being offline most of this last week. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get back online.

On Tuesday April 10th, 2018 at approximately 2pm EST, has been under a sustained a heavy Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack and were only able to restore our systems yesterday afternoon. We were not the only ones. Other leading alternative news websites were also hit at this exact time, including South Front, Hands Off Syria (Australia-based antiwar organisation), Fort-Russ, Syria News and a few others – each of who are covering the situation in Syria closely and truthfully. Based on the number of page requests or ‘bots’, it seems that this attack was similar to what happened to Craig Murray’s blog two weeks prior. In addition, Facebook was blocking similar content on their platform – including South Front, until they appealed and we eventually reinstated. Based on these facts, we believe that it’s not “highly likely” but 100% certain that the party(s) attacking ours and other similar platforms did so on behalf of a state actor – and in the interests of prosecuting another illegal war by way of deception, and undoubtedly based on a false pretext. The entire false case for this latest US, UK, French missile strike was based on spurious claims by US-funded ‘opposition’ group called the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), and more importantly – by videos produced and uploaded by the White Helmets, a pseudo NGO funded mainly by the UK government, but also by the US and EU member states and who operate exclusively in terror-held areas of Syria. Their raison d’etre is precisely what took place this week – to manufacture a fabricate case for western military intervention in Syria. On this basis, we believe that it was no coincidence that this website,, was hit because we house the largest White Helmets research archive on the web, thanks to the hard work of our associate editor Vanessa Beeley currently reporting from on the ground in Syria – bravely working to tell the truth about this week’s events, as well as what has transpired over the last seven years with the West’s dirty war on Syria. In 2015, we blew open the White Helmets story and proceeded to keep digging through their rubble of lies to get a true picture of what this western construct was all about. Many mainstream bodies were not happy about our coverage, including a supposed ‘free press’ organisation, Reporters Without Borders and others. The establishment’s campaign continued, with defamatory hit pieces by leading mainstream media publications like the The Guardian and Rupert Murdoch’s The Times and other media outlets – all designed to harass, intimidate and silence us, or anyone who dares to challenge the official western corporate narrative on the White Helmets and Syria. This week the world saw the White Helmets in all their glory – serve-up the necessary propaganda to create a false pretext for another regime change war in the Middle East. What we are witnessing here is truly a criminal enterprise, made possible by western governments, their Gulf and NATO allies and their loyal battalions of proxy militants and terrorists, paid for by our public money and the oil profits from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others. And they have resources to wage war on many fronts including the information sphere, where they wage their war on truth from the fortified ivory towers of the mainstream media and the Silicon Valley, and in the cyber sphere through various government programs which are trying to shut down and censor in the name of ‘national security’, or worse , claiming they are somehow ‘combating fake news’. And yet, we found their Achilles heal, hiding in plain sight.

For those of you who stepped-in to help us this week, thank you very much. Without your support we might still be offline. Those of you who know us and have been kind enough to support us and our work – we really appreciate your help. As we are small and independent, our resources are limited and we’ll need your continued help and support going forward.

I think this week shows more than anything how even a small, independent and dedicated group of people, supported by an even bigger group of wonderful individuals – can make a difference.

Now, back to work.


Patrick Henningsen
Editor and Founder
21st Century Wire


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